Junior Minister Martina Anderson has called from a major European Uniono conference to be held in Derry.
Ms Anderson, who is expected to replace Bairbre de Brun in the European Parlaiment, called on Intertrade Ireland to bring the EU Collaborate to Innovate event to the city.
The event, which promotes European funding opportunites, would attract senior officials from the European Union, Ms Anderson said.
“The ‘Collaborate to Innovate’ project is designed to promote EU funding opportunities for collaborative innovation research available for SME’s, academics and interested organisations across the Island.
“These events are organised by InterTradeIreland in conjunction with the European Commission Office as part of the European Research & Innovation Funding for SME programmes,” she said.
Ms Anderson said other Irish cities are due to host these events and said that Derry would be the ideal location for a further event.
“The first of these events was held in Dublin in November of last year and a follow up event is to take place in Belfast on the 7th June.
“The event will give an overview of EU programmes accessible by SME’s such as the new mechanisms of the EU Horizon 2020 programme. It will also provide ‘opportunities for focused networking in an interactive and dynamic environment’.
“These events provide SME’s opportunities to collaborate with potential partners from across the island and the EU to promote innovative business ideas and projects,” she said.
The junior minister said the conference would benefit small business owners on both sides of the border.
“I will be in contact with both InterTradeIreland and the European Commission Office to urge them to bring this information to Derry to facilitate SME’s from Derry and Donegal,” she said.